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Food Works, Chattanooga, TN

Food Works

4.5
4.5
1321 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Voted one of Chattanooga’s Best Restaurants, Food Works strives to provide its guests with a quality experience in a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere. Located on Chattanooga’s North Shore, we are situated in the beautifully renovated and historic Signal Knitting Mill.

With a variety of items to choose from, our menu focuses on “progressive southern” cuisine with global influences showcasing our culinary team’s ability to put new spins on old classics. The spacious bar features an array of imported, domestic and craft beers along with an extensive wine list as well as classic cocktails and specialty martinis. Enjoy a cocktail inside or on our patio with family and friends before indulging in a delicious meal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Global, International, Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (423) 752-7487
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Troy Sutton
  • Catering
    Food Works Catering creates flawless events that can accommodate your specific needs, tastes and budget like no other. We offer everything from carry-out service to complete full-service catering, which entails everything from the planning, staffing and item rentals to the set-up & execution of your event. We approach every event, big or small, with enthusiasm and precision, whether you’re planning a casual theme party or a sophisticated black tie dinner, from the trendy to the traditional.
  • Private party facilities
    Food Works has a variety of options to host your private event. From small groups of 15 to larger groups of 100+, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, business functions, etc., Food Works is the perfect spot to host your event.
  • Private party contact
    Megan McCandress: (423) 752-7487
  • Neighborhood
    Chattanooga
  • Cross street
    Cherokee Blvd
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our lot along with a large public lot across the street.
  • Public transit
    A free electric shuttle bus stop is roughly 2 blocks away.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,321 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Great for brunch

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Best Value

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for brunch

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Good for business meals

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Kid-friendly

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Good for groups

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Chattanooga / Cleveland

    Most Booked

1,322 Reviews
  1. Cassidyb

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Subpar service. Started off great then our server disappeared for excessive periods of time, never cleared our plates (or others around us), never offered us dessert. Food was pretty good. I’d consider going back again in the future, but wouldn’t go out of my way. It’s nothing special.

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  2. ChadP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited incredibly long for everything. Ordered drinks, 25 min minimum to get them. Tried to do a quick brunch, ended up taking 2 hours. Won’t go back.

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  3. IsaacT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. So yummy. drinks and food did take a little longer to come out. Overall great

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  4. MoLo

    E. Tennessee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal, including appetizer, main courses and dessert! The spinach dip was creamy and delicious and the butterscotch bread pudding was a big hit as well.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! They were busy but they handled it well!

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  6. SavanahM

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for Valentine’s Day and we were seated quickly, served quickly, and those special valentines drinks were so good, especially for the price!

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  7. CynthiaR

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 6 for breakfast/brunch. The menu offered many options and did not disappoint! $1 mimosas was a HUGE hit for us and generous pours. Our server, Farren (not sure about the spelling) took great care of us. She was friendly, personable and rolled with us changing tables. Totally recommend checking Food Works out when you are looking for a great restaurant!

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  8. CodyC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch and atmosphere. We had a 2-year-old and they were very helpful and top-notch service.

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  9. JordanL

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Foodworks has stepped their game back up! This used to be our favorite brunch spot that dropped in points. We tried it again and they have reinvented themselves! Lots of new menu items, back to their great brunch mimosa deal, and good good food! The steak salad was incredible. Tender meat and lots of it!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one of our favorites!!! and nostalgic for me since my great grandmother worked there when it was the knitting mill ☺️

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  11. DeltaDog1994

    Phoenix

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy Food Works. It’s our go-to restaurant, as it is consistently good!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Darren was helpful with menu questions and was attentive to us on a very busy night. The fried calamari was a flavor sensation! It was crispy but soft inside so it was NOT overcooked and it was fried with banana peppers which I was skeptical of but it’s a surprise that we loved. It comes with marinara and the most delicious Aioli sauce that was amazing! I had the shrimp and grits that was yummy and my fiancé had the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes. We enjoyed every bite. Will be back for sure!

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  13. Benny

    Nashville

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, the service was inattentive and scattered. The short rib Benedict is very creative and tastes wonderful. My daughter liked the chicken and waffles and my wife enjoyed her biscuit. It could have been so much better, but cold coffee, no refills, and a mimosa for dessert (ordered upon food arrival) made for a lukewarm visit.

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  14. denise

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch at Food Works is fun, delicious and priced to please. What a fun place!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess was on his phone and very distracted serving social media. Appetizer took 45 minutes to come out and entrees were late as well. Waitress was nice but not very attentive as she forgot to bring water and other things in a reasonable time. Restaurant was not busy so I’m not sure of the root cause. The food was delicious hence my overall rating.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The appetizer dips were great , the chicken on my Caesar salad was very dry , the crab Benedict wasn’t very good…our server was very sweet and did a great job with our large group

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  17. Socialeater

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed brunch. Service was a little slow and the restaurant was chilly but the weather was exceptionally cold. Food was excellent and our waitress was very nice.

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  18. DonnieR

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jordan was an amazing server and food was yummy!!

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  19. MaganN

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I won’t be back. I had a nice, expensive, white top. The runner dumped a plate of bruschetta on me, staining my top. They apologized but no manager came to speak to me and no discount on ticket. The top is ruined. The food was subpar. The bruschetta was cold by the time it came back remade. The friend green tomatoes were greasy and not well fried.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They must be short on staff bc it was a while before we could even order drinks & then it was an even longer wait to order our food

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  21. Chattanoogan

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here many times, and it is always consistent. Good food, comfortable physical environment, and attentive staff. We had the chicken piccata, pork chops, and chicken and pasta dish between us. Food was all hot and tasty. We will definitely keep Food Works on our regular rotation.

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  22. JeanS

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I (10 people) enjoyed a lovely holiday dinner at Foodworks. We were seated in a semi- private setting and provided with excellent and attentive service. The menu offered a variety of delicious choices and drinks were quite generous. I would highly recommend Foodworks to anyone looking for a high-end gastropub in an historic building.

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  23. Kaki

    E. Tennessee

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy dining at Food Works. Great food and great service, this time by Cameron!

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  24. MCollins

    Atlanta Metro

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed my first visit to Food Works for a business meeting. Great service and food and a quite corner of the bar. Will return!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Calamari was calling my name again so I had to come for lunch.

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  26. TheDrsJohnson

    Atlanta Metro

    196 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We generally have a consistently good overall experience at FoodWorks.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seating was amazing and the calamari was the best part!! Plan on returning

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  28. MarissaH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cameron was, as always, a great server! He accommodated my cousin and her baby. The food and drinks were excellent! Great job, Food Works!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was subpar. Service was amazing. Great environment not too crowded but food was not good, overall.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kara was an amazing waitress! Food Works is always one of our favorite places for brunch.

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  31. ReneeC

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best fried chicken and waffles I’ve ever had. And loved the $2 mimosas!!

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  32. LouisR

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, friendly accommodating staff,, tasty food!

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  33. kino

    Atlanta Metro

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Despite availability of other tables, and having a reservation, we were given worst table in the house by door leading to patio. Freezing draft every time it opened. Host ignored my attempts to get his attention so finally went to host stand and we were told we could move back one table (still drafty). No help to move though. I might add I was with my 88 year old mom and 13 year old niece. Our server was fine but we came expecting lunch menu and for some reason they were serving brunch on a Friday at 1:30pm. We ended up just ordering burgers which took 30 min to get. Food was tasty enough but ridiculously huge portions that none of us could eat more than 1/2 of. So just kinda "meh" overall.

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  34. Abhkah

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Thanksgiving buffet! The food was delicious.

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  35. blee

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for Thanksgiving brunch. All the food was tasty (Prime rib was excellent). Desserts were very, very delicious! This was our second time dining at FoodWorks and we will be back! The lines were a bit long for the buffet and it was pretty crammed, but it was all worth it.

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  36. RobF

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quality food. Friendly efficient staff. Enjoyed Thanksgiving meal and they did the cleanup.

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  37. PAVisitor

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The server was great, ambience was interesting, food was disappointing, overly salted, e.g., the calamari, wedge salad the same.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good and staff very attentive and accommodating. Pretty substantial hike up the stairs for my elderly mother in law. Had smoked turkey cobb salad and the meat was sandwich meat. Not what I expected but ok. Crab dip and fried green tomatoes very good as well as fish entrees. Overall good.

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  39. Banana13

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was great, but the food was quite lackluster.

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  40. Andy

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was horrible. So bad that it ruined the whole experience. We finally got our food after being there for an hour, and it was lukewarm. We eat at Food Works a lot, and usually have a good experience, but I don't think we will be back for awhile.

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FAQs

Food Works does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Food Works also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (423) 752-7487.

Food Works is rated 4.5 stars by 1321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Food Works

205-C Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3253

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Cherokee Blvd
  • Neighborhood
    Chattanooga
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Global, International, Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in our lot along with a large public lot across the street.
  • Public transit
    A free electric shuttle bus stop is roughly 2 blocks away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Troy Sutton
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (423) 752-7487
  • Catering
    Food Works Catering creates flawless events that can accommodate your specific needs, tastes and budget like no other. We offer everything from carry-out service to complete full-service catering, which entails everything from the planning, staffing and item rentals to the set-up & execution of your event. We approach every event, big or small, with enthusiasm and precision, whether you’re planning a casual theme party or a sophisticated black tie dinner, from the trendy to the traditional.
  • Private party facilities
    Food Works has a variety of options to host your private event. From small groups of 15 to larger groups of 100+, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, business functions, etc., Food Works is the perfect spot to host your event.
  • Private party contact
    Megan McCandress: (423) 752-7487
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